We’re pleased to announce that we have secured our venue for the foreseeable future! Batida Rio will take place at Fearnhead Cross Youth and Community Centre, Insall Road, Padgate, Warrington WA2 0HD. Sessions will run from 7pm to 9pm, every Thursday.
We’re really excited to have secured this venue in one of Warrington Council’s spaces. The main hall is huge, which is perfect for large music groups.
The transport links are also fantastic. we’re just fifteen minutes from the town centre, we’re close to the M6, and we’re a ten minute walk from Padgate train station.
The centre also boasts a large free car park and local shops for snacks.
The first session will be on September 9th, as a completely free opening session. This session will focus on some basics of performance, and learning a rhythm on a variety of instruments.
We’re hoping you’ll enjoy it so much that you’ll keep coming back!
How much will it cost?
Sessions are £5, with the first session free (this means the 9th is free for everyone!)
What’s the minimum age?
Our recommended minimum age is 12, and we ask that anyone under 16 is accompanied by a parent or guardian, due to the size of the equipment used. Please note that there are no childcare facilities or play areas on-site. Please contact us directly for any case by case concerns.
Do I need to be fit to play samba?
There’s no previous fitness expectation or requirements for playing samba, and it qualifies as a medium intensity exercise. Bear in mind that it’s percussive and involves low-intensity movement, but it’s not an exercise class. You will be welcome to take breaks or lower intensity as required during sessions.
Do I need any previous musical experience?
No, and we’ll prove it to you! Having previous percussion experience will certainly help, but you’ll be supported by our instructors and will be playing in no time, even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before.
How do I book?
For the first session, booking is not required; an event will go up on Facebook and those wishing to attend will register their details at the door. Booking functionality will be available from the website in due course.
What do I need to bring and wear?
We will supply all the drums and equipment you need. We recommend comfortable clothes, and shoes. Some players may benefit from drumming gloves (fingerless leather or nylon gloves) to protect them from blisters.
Hearing protection is provided but we can recommend your own hearing protection.
Bring a drink and a snack – there’s a nearby Co-Op if you need anything.
Can I bring my drum?
For consistency, we ask that members do not bring their own instruments for the time being. As we grow, for members who wish to commit to their own instruments, we can provide a list of the manufacturers/drum types that we will be using as a band.
Is Batida Rio a community group or professional performing band?
Our initial plans for the next 12 months will be to form the band and rehearse music in a comfortable, friendly setting. Once we’re confident that we can form a performing band, we will do so, and that band will aim to perform events, festivals and street performances. Joining the performing band will be optional.
What COVID precautions will you be taking?
We understand that the pandemic is not over, and there are still those in our communities at risk. We will be following government advice as we proceed.
The building benefits from good ventilation, available hand sanitiser, and a good open space. For safety we would ask that members stand at least 1m away from each other anyway – remember that you’ll be playing drums with sticks, with a lot of arm movement!
We ask that;
Our members take a lateral flow test 24 hours before attending their first session, and at reasonable intervals after this, and do not attend if testing positive within the last 14 days (refunds will be granted)
Members who feel unwell in any way do not attend sessions (refunds will be granted)
Members wear masks when moving around the building
Breaks are taken, where weather permits, in our outside break area
Equipment is used in situ – we will sanitise all equipment before and after use
We would stress as a community group, anyone attending our sessions must respect these rules.